Banana Bread Layered with Chocolate Granola!!

I made banana bread with flour, baking powder, sea salt, banana, egg, maple syrup, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon juice and zest. I layered and topped the bread with chocolate granola made using oats, flax seeds, butter, maple syrup, cacao powder, sea salt and vanilla.

I topped this with melted chocolate and ice cream for my dad’s birthday!! It was delicious!!!

Chocolate Topped Toffee Bars- The Joy of Cooking

I made chocolate topped toffee bars from The Joy of Cooking.

I switched cane sugar for brown sugar and honey for maple syrup. I quadrupled the amount of chocolate and used a combination of white, milk and dark!!!

This was fantastic! I made these for hubby’s friends birthday!

Breakfasts and Lunches

Eggs and potatoes!

Chicken salad made with bell peppers, cucumber, chicken, mayo, avocado, lemon juice, sea salt, chili powder and parsley!

Halloween waffles take 1! This was a pretty basic waffle recipe made using flour, baking powder, sea salt, coconut sugar, butter milk, eggs, vanilla and butter!

Green smoothie made with water, greens, banana, lemon juice, sea salt, flax seeds, walnuts, collagen and frozen tropical fruit!

Brunch and Halloween pumpkin carving while watching Hocus Pocus! Waffles, berries and chocolate yogurt, pumpkin spice purée and a chicken sausage salad!

Salad with chicken, avocado, potatoes and a quick pickled cabbage!

Pumpkin Spice Puree

This is great in coffees and on top of desserts and waffles!

  • 1 cup Pumpkin purée
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/2 cup Coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp Allspice
  • 1/8 tsp Cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ginger
  • Small pinch sea salt

Combine pumpkin puree and water in a blender and blend until very smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer/chinois/cheesecloth. Discard or save the pumpkin pulp. You can freeze the pumpkin pulp in silicone molds for use in smoothies or as a treat for your dog! Add the strained pumpkin liquid to a pan with the coconut sugar. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes, until it thickens and combines. Add the spices and stir to combine.

Pour the syrup into a container and store in the refrigerator. You can also pour the syrup into silicone ice molds and freeze them for a future use!

Maple Cream Cheese Coated Carrot Balls

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 oz of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2/3 cup of shredded carrots
  • 2/3 cup of oats
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 TB of maple syrup
  • 1 TB of ground flax seeds

Combine lemon juice, room temperature cream cheese, maple syrup, vanilla and sea salt in a blender until smooth. Grab two small bowls and pour half the cream cheese mixture into each bowl. Cover one of the bowls with plastic wrap.

Add carrots, oats, cinnamon, 2 TB maple syrup and flax seeds to the uncovered bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for 10 minutes. Using a portion scoop or spoon, grab small balls of the carrot mixture and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Set in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.

Remove the balls from the refrigerator and dip each one in the cream cheese mixture. Freeze for 2 hours, or until hardened.

Enjoy!!

Breakfasts, Lunches and Dessert

New favorite smoothie combo: water, banana, cucumber, kale (blanched and then frozen), frozen mango, flax seeds, walnuts and collagen peptides!

Salad made with arugula, roasted potatoes, roasted chicken, peaches and pumpkin seeds. I dressed the salad with Meyer lemon honey living vinegar (brand Acid League- this stuff is crazy delicious!), extra virgin olive oil, sea salt, pepper, mustard and microplaned garlic.

Little sweet treat made with peanut butter, maple syrup, sea salt, vanilla, toasted oats, toasted walnuts, cacao powder, freeze dried bananas and dates! So good!

Chocolate Yogurt Cups!

These were so yum and super easy!!

These cups feature three of my favorite products: The Coconut Cult yogurt (the literal best yogurt ever!), Hu Kitchen chocolate gems and Oat Haus chocolate granola butter!

I melted some chocolate gems with a bit of butter and used the melted chocolate to line my silpat muffin tray. (Pro tip: I froze the silpat for about 30 minutes before adding the chocolate. This ensures you can use the chocolate to cover the bottom AND sides of the muffin molds.) I chilled the chocolate covered muffin mold in the fridge for 10 minutes. Then I added some strawberry yogurt and topped it with some chocolate granola butter. I chilled the muffin molds for 10 more minutes and then added another layer of yogurt and granola butter. I topped them with some of the melted chocolate and chilled them for a few hours. The result: deliciousness!!!

Breakfasts and Lunches

Smoothie made with water, sea salt, lemon juice, hemp seeds, flax seeds, apple, frozen blueberries, mixed greens and collagen!

Baked eggs and potatoes on top of arugula tossed with tomato sauce (extra virgin olive oil, fire roasted tomatoes, roasted onions and garlic, vinegar, coconut palm sugar, salt and pepper).

Smoothie made with water, apple, frozen blueberries, lemon juice and zest, pumpkin seeds and collagen.

Rosemary Butter Cubes

This is a great way to make sure your rosemary doesn’t go bad!

  • 5 sprigs Rosemary
  • 1 stick butter
  • Silicone ice cube molds

Chop the rosemary into small pieces. Melt the butter over very low heat. Add about 1/2 tsp of rosemary to each ice cube mold and pour melted butter over. Freeze for at least a few hours. Enjoy!

Holiday Treats!

Happy Holidays!

I put some treat bags together with Kale Junkie’s Chocolate Crinkle Cookies dusted in powdered sugar, Gingerbread Cookies (from On Baking by Sarah Labensky, Priscilla Martel and Eddy Van Damme) dipped in melted Marshmallows (from The Professional Pastry Chef by Bo Friberg and Amy Kemp Friberg), and Lemon Bars made with Lemon Curd (from Cooking by James Peterson) and my Vanilla Granola Butter Crust!

LooKitchen will resume on the week of January 3rd with the following posts: sugar cookie latte recipe, savory tempura pancake recipe, red light therapy, eats: various dishes from the holiday break and juice.